tv [untitled] February 14, 2012 6:30am-6:59am EST
and in the case of mayor and edison, you remember when we went to that plant -- what was it, avadon? refrigeration facility, right? >> and it is the largest rooftop solar panel in the nation. 1700 acres, i think it is. >> it's incredible. it is so -- when we went -- >> we climbed up on the roof. >> we went on top of the roof. it was so large, you could not see the horizon. you literally looked and you couldn't see the horizon. >> how many kilowatts? >> i think i have it here somewhere. i have it here. i wasn't going to mention it, but it says it's a 4.6 expect to reduce emissions by 3,750 tons annually and would be equivalent to planting 3.5 million trees or taking nearly 1,000 suvs off the
road. now, i think they told us within a few years they had to resew it. it wasn't the largest because someone was building another one somewhere else. it was unbelievable. >> just as an aside, they received an energy grant and we have a company that's putting solar panels on our municipal complex as well. >> we have these climate awards. you ought to enter your city, you know, come in june, we give out climate initiative awards. i mean, all of us ought to enter where we have got projects. that sounds like a wonderful project. >> i'm not going to continue on. the only thing i wanted to leave you with, you know, i just regret -- and i'm trying not to be partisan here, mayor, believe me, i'm trying -- i just regret the fact that, you know, we haven't been able to make enough progress on the federal level. and i also feel that we're running out of time.
we didn't renew the tax credits. we didn't move forward with the renewable portfolio standard. and the problem is, this is all now, you know, entwined and the whole issue of global climate change and whether it's real or not. and the only thing i would say is, you know, if you can't, you know, look at it from that perspective because of your own constituency, in new jersey we can because people understand on a bipartisan basis that, you know, that we have to address the environmental concerns and global climate change. we had, what was it, my staff person tooley wright, he said last night you walked your dog. i wasn't in washington yesterday. last night you walked your dog at 11:00 p.m., it was 60 degrees. january 17th. i mean, to me, the notion that this isn't real is crazy. you can put that all aside and just talk about the jobs and the national security concerns and all the other things and not even talk about, you know, climate change or any of that if
you don't want to. we need your help, you know, to talk to your representatives about this because we are definitely moving backward, not forward at this time. i've got to be honest with you. i'll leave it at that. thank you. >> thank you very much, congressman. questions, i believe mayor piercy has a question. >> we're running out of time, and i just -- you'll forgive me, mr. secretary and chair, i was going to talk about tarsands, but we're running out of time. i didn't want to let this meeting go without talking about what i consider to be a victory for clean energy and that is a bunch of us, about 103 mayors had signed a letter to the president asking him not to permit the tarsands line. and although the u.s. conference of mayors hasn't taken a position, they did do a resolution back in 2008, asking for it to be examined more
carefully. and i just heard that the president today is going to make an announcement that he's not going to allow the permit for the tarstands line. so i consider that a victory for clean energy. i didn't want this meeting to go by without saying that. thank you to everybody who worked on that and thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak on it for a moment. >> thank you. do we have other comments or questions from the congressmen? anything from california? yes, please. >> thank you, mr. chair. congressman, what do you think the prospects are of renewing the tax credits? they're finally getting to an rps standard. it appears that most of the states, as you mentioned, have already gone down that route. most of the local communities have gone down that route and recognized it. it seems there's a huge disconnect between what's happening locally on the ground
and then here in washington, d.c. >> i hate to be so pessimistic, but i just think this has been totally entwined now and the whole issue about global climate change and to the extent that they're members of, you know, my colleagues and the presidential candidates as well who, you know, deny this or feel that this is somehow related to the global climate change issue, you know, from an eye idealogical perspective. i just don't see it, unfortunately. >> thank you. >> let me just ask one question, if i may, congressman. and then after that, i think we have a representative here from u.s. d.o.e. that will ask to speak. my question goes to the green block grants.
we passed those a few years ago, it went great. i understand we can't get them now, but is there anything you could rally around, especially this being an election year where we could possibly get some traction on something. >> again, i sound like a broken record, but i think if there was some way to separate the whole issue of renewables and grown energy from the global climate change debate, in other words, start talking about in terms of jo jobs, in terms of national security, stay away from the, you know, global climate change environmental issue. if you could somehow, you know, accomplish that, then i think we could start moving in the right direction. it's got to get away from that because that's become this ideological battle now that makes it impossible to move forward. >> well, let me, on behalf of the u.s. council of mayors and the energy committee thank you for coming out.
i don't know where brian -- [ applause ] i don't know where brian went. you can give him a hard time. he invites you, and there he's coming back right now. we were just saying good-bye to the congressmen, mayor. and we are noting that mayor, you had a question or comment before he leaves. >> i asked all the questions offline. >> all right. you got it. well, thank you very much. and now i'm going to direct our attention to a gentleman that has been waiting patiently. but he knows to wait when there's a congressman or when there's a secretary of a department because currently you're an undersecretary, i believe. >> acting. >> acting secretary. and he is secretary of energy, which is the subject of this